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Friday, April 18, 2003

Last SUMS Talk of The Year!!!
(There are 2 more new announcements after this one. Please make sure that you read them too!)

Come and enjoy the last SUMS talk of the year! Niles Johnson - a graduating senior at UR - will talk about his honors thesis project! It is also the last chance of the year for you to get free pizza!

Niles Johnson

(UR graduating senior)

The Taylor Expansion of a Riemannian Metric

Abstract:
Every smooth Riemannian manifold has two functions associated with it: the Riemannian metric and the curvature tensor. As with every function, we can consider a formal Taylor expansion of the metric, and our main result is a statement about terms in that Taylor expansion and certain (covariant) derivatives of the curvature tensor. The most interesting and exciting aspect of our work, however, is not the result itself but the ideas involved in understanding the result. For this reason, the talk will focus on describing the two concepts--metric and curvature tensor--and giving an overview of the methods involved in the work.

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2003
Place: Hylan 901 (the Math Lounge)
Time: 7:00 PM
(FREE PIZZA at 6:45!)

At this meting, we will also be electing new officers for next year. If you would like to be a SUMS officer next ear, please email Professor Johnson at inga@math.rochester.edu.
Posted by Michael P. Knapp on 4/18/03; 2:53:01 PM
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Math Department Diploma Ceremony
Commencement 2003 Mathematics Department Diploma Ceremony

5/18/03 - 3:15 pm - Hoyt Hall
Reception following ceremony in Eisenberg Rotunda in Schlegel Hall

Parents Reception on Saturday, 5/17/03
9th Floor Lounge in Hylan at 3:30 pm

Any seniors who have not been contacted by the Math Department, please e-mail Fran Crawford at: penster@math.rochester.edu.
Posted by Michael P. Knapp on 4/18/03; 2:34:39 PM
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Preliminary announcement
Prof. Carl Pomerance of Bell Laboratories will be speaking at SUNY Geneseo Thursday night, May 1 at 7pm. (Precise location will be announced later.) He will be talking about new screening tests for prime numbers, including (I think) comments about the test announced by Agrawal, Kayal and Saxena last August.

Stay tuned for further details.

--Mike
Posted by Michael Gage on 4/18/03; 8:24:20 AM
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